Ireland's seabed territory, covering 880,000km2, is a vast maritime resource which to date has been underexploited. In addition, Ireland's long coastline is coming under increasing threat due to the rise in sea levels and increased storminess.
Development in our maritime space - whether through the construction of renewable energy devices, aquaculture cages, breakwaters or coastal protection structures - often requires scaled model testing in a laboratory setting. Such testing has the purpose of de-risking technologies/structures prior to moving to the very unforgiving open sea environment.
Lir's wave/current tanks and electrical test infrastructure allow scaled testing of marine structures and offshore renewable energy technologies along with their integration to the grid.
Incorporated in the MaREI Centre and located in the €20.5 million purpose-built Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, the 2,600m2 facility forms part of Ireland’s network of test infrastructures, which also includes quarter-scale testing at the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site and full-scale testing at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site.
The significant state investment received has provided Lir with a world-class testing capacity together with the most experienced technical team currently operating in this space. Lir is supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).